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Crystal Lake

Again from 1. January session on Lake Þingvellir. The amount of different shapes and structures in the ice was incredible. These ice needles where among the most interesting.


Þingvellir and a part of Lake Þingvellir is a national park and a UNESCO world heritage site. It was here 1100 year ago that the worlds first democratically elected parliament was formed. The lake is formed in a rift between two tectonic plates drifting apart creating deep cracks revealing underground flowing underground water. At the end of the cracks is lake Þingvellir formed by this stream of underground water.


This is a composite image. Usually my images are single exposures but the dynamic range of the scene was to great to be captured in one shot even with two GND´s on the sky and sunset. While most of the image is from the same exposure the sunset itself is combined from two more darker exposures. The cold clear winter arctic air makes the sun shine very brightly even this close to the horizon so it is hard to contain in a single exposure.

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Taken on January 3, 2010